Eddie Johnson speaks to the media in 2016. Credit: AP Photo/Teresa Crawford

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Monday, October 30, 2017.

  • Eddie Johnson calls for tougher Illinois gun laws after data shows many guns used in Chicago violence came from suburban licensed gun stores

Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson is asking Illinois state legislators “to approve legislation to more aggressively regulate gun dealers in Illinois, pointing to a newly released trove of data that shows many guns recovered by police in connection with crimes can be traced back to licensed gun stores in the Chicago area,” according to the Tribune. A study conducted by the CPD, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, and the mayor’s office found that “roughly two out of every five of Chicago’s crime guns come into the city from Illinois source dealers, making Illinois the single largest source state for Chicago’s illegal guns,” according to the report. There are no licensed gun shops within city limits, so many of the guns are coming from suburban stores, and about 25 percent of guns found at Chicago crime scenes during a four-year period came from just ten area businesses. “Details in this report clearly highlight the need for additional legislative action to help stymie the illegal flow of guns in Chicago,” Johnson said. [Tribune]

  • Pat Quinn, Renato Mariotti join Democratic race for attorney general

Former Illinois governor Pat Quinn and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti are joining the crowded field in the Democratic primary for attorney general. Quinn has not run for office since losing the 2014 gubernatorial race to Governor Bruce Rauner. Mariotti has built up name recognition and a large social media following as a cable news legal commentator and frequent critic of President Donald Trump’s policies. The University of Chicago alumnus also worked in the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago for nearly ten years. “The argument that I’m making is the best way to check Donald Trump is [by] using state attorneys general,” he told Politico. “I’ve been talking about issues—all voting machines have been penetrated by the Russians in Illinois, and no one really seems to be talking about it.” [NBC Chicago] [Politico]

  • Amtrak apologizes after attendant forces passenger to remove “Love Trumps Hate” button

Amtrak has apologized to a passenger who was asked to remove a “Love Trumps Hate” button. Melissa Stone was asked by an attendant to remove the button with the anti-Trump slogan on it before she was allowed to board a train to Seattle because Amtrak is federally funded. “When she said it I was stunned and thought she misunderstood the pin,” Stone’s partner, Chase McClure, told DNAinfo Chicago. “She explained that this is policy from Amtrak to the attendants to prevent friction between passengers.” [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Suspected human remains found in duffel bags in Lincoln Park

Suspected human remains in a duffel bag were discovered by fishermen near the Lincoln Park lagoon Saturday, according to the Sun-Times. Divers from the Chicago Police Department recovered a second duffel bag containing with more possible human remains, likely from the same person, in the lagoon. [Sun-Times]

  • The monsters that plague Illinois, from Galena to southern Illinois

The state government isn’t the only monster plaguing Illinois. There are a wide variety of supernatural monsters and cryptids that have been spotted in the state, from the Lake Michigan sea serpent to the wolfman of Chestnut Mountain to giant black panthers, according to folklore. Just in time for Halloween, the Tribune has a published a field guide to all of the alleged monsters with more information about sightings and locations. [Tribune]

  • Taylor Gourmet’s Philadelphia-inspired hoagies coming to the Loop in November

Taylor Gourmet’s hoagies may be Philadelphia inspired, but the chain is a Washington, D.C., cult favorite. The shop is opening its first location outside the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area at 1 North Dearborn in November, and is planning collaborations with Chicago restaurants. “The idea came from hanging out at a bar late at night and thinking about how to turn recipes into hoagies, so we can’t wait to work with local Chicago chefs to come up with new sandwiches,” founder Casey Patten told Eater Chicago. [Eater Chicago]